Our curriculum provides students with the option to specialize in one of six areas, including chemical process engineering.Our curriculum provides students with the option to specialize in one of six areas, including chemical process engineering.

Undergraduate Study
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Chemical Engineering Major
Curriculum & Requirements

The curriculum of the chemical engineering major is designed so that a student will:

  • Excel in engineering practice, research, and management in industries based on chemistry and biology, such as the chemical, energy, advanced materials, microelectronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer products industries.
  • Apply their broad chemical engineering training to excel in areas such as entrepreneurship, medicine, law, government, and education.
  • Excel in top-ranked graduate programs and professional schools.
  • Be leaders in their chosen fields.
  • Think critically and creatively, especially about the use of technology to address local and global problems.
  • Behave ethically and consider the social implications of their work, especially as it affects the health, safety, and environment of citizens worldwide.

Degree Requirements

The minimum number of units required for the bachelor of science in chemical engineering is 48 courses. Among them are:

Core courses (32 units)

  • Mathematics (4 units)
  • Engineering analysis and computer proficiency (4 units)
  • Basic sciences (4 units)
  • Design and communications (3 units)
  • Basic engineering (5 units)
  • Social sciences/humanities (7 units)
  • Unrestricted electives (5 units)

Chemical Engineering Major (16 units)

Required courses (11 units):

  • CHEM 210-1 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210-2 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM ENG 212 Phase Equilibrium and Staged Separations
  • CHEM ENG 275 Molecular and Cell Biology for Engineers*
  • CHEM ENG 307 Kinetics and Reactor Engineering
  • CHEM ENG 322 Heat Transfer
  • CHEM ENG 323 Mass Transfer
  • CHEM ENG 341 Dynamics and Control of Chemical and Biological Processes
  • CHEM ENG 342 Chemical Engineering Laboratory
  • CHEM ENG 351 Process Economics, Design, and Evaluation
  • CHEM ENG 352 Chemical Engineering Design Projects

(*BIOL SCI 215 Genetics and Molecular Biology or BIOL SCI 219 Cell Biology can be substituted for CHEM ENG 275 Molecular and Cell Biology for Engineers.)

Technical electives (5 units):

  • Two advanced chemical engineering courses from an approved list available from the department.
  • One engineering course from an approved list available from the department, or one unit of independent study.
  • One advanced science or mathematics course from an approved list available from the department.  
  • One engineering, advanced science, or mathematics course from an approved list available from the department.

View the PDF below for more information on technical electives. The technical electives may be used to create an individualized area of specialization within the major. Those areas are bioengineering, chemical process engineering, environmental engineering and sustainability, design, polymer science and engineering, and nanotechnology and molecular engineering.

For more information about technical electives, areas of specialization, and chemical engineering degree requirements please download the following PDF:

Download the chemical engineering major handbook